Puff Pastry Austrian Apple Strudel is a quick copycat recipe that can easily be made at home with under 10 ingredients! 

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Looking for an easy apple strudel recipe?

Then, you’ll love this puff pastry apple strudel recipe. This recipe uses store-bought puff pastry dough, which is a lifesaver. It’s basically pre-made flaky perfection, just waiting to be transformed into a golden brown masterpiece. Seriously, it’s the perfect fall dessert for any occasion, from a cozy night in to a special holiday gathering.

There’s nothing quite like homemade apple strudel. The sweet apple mixture combined with warm spices, crunchy walnuts, and cream cheese layered between strips of flaky puff pastry crust. It’s the perfect combination between apple dumplings and an apple and browned butter custard tart. Flaky, filled with warm apples, and baked to perfection. And by using pre-made apple filling, you don’t need to wait until apple season to enjoy this delicious dessert!

What Is Apple Strudel?

Apple strudel isn’t just a delicious dessert. It’s practically a Viennese icon! This beloved pastry holds a special place in cafes throughout the city, and some even consider it Austria’s national dish.

Fun fact: Apple strudel even made a pop culture appearance in the movie “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” back in 1968!

While many might think it’s German, the truth is a little more complex. The oldest known recipe for strudel actually comes from Vienna in 1697, and it likely owes a debt to other cultures. The paper-thin layers of dough used in strudel are reminiscent of Turkish baklava, hinting at a delicious international collaboration.

Making a traditional Viennese apple strudel recipe is an art form. Thin sheets of dough are layered with a sweet filling, creating a beautiful swirl when sliced. The name “strudel” even comes from a Middle High German word meaning “whirlpool”!

Apple strudel, or “Apfelstrudel” as they call it in Vienna, is the most famous variety, but there are savory options too. It’s a versatile dessert that can be enjoyed with tea, coffee, or even a fancy glass of champagne. And don’t forget the toppings! Vanilla ice cream and whipped cream are classic accompaniments, but feel free to get creative.

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What you’ll love about this recipe:


  • FLAKY-CRUSTED PERFECTION – The beauty of using puff pastry lies in its pre-made layers of dough and butter. When baked, these layers separate and puff up, creating a light, flaky crust that perfectly complements the tender apple filling.
  • YEAR-ROUND DELICIOUSNESS – Apple strudel can be enjoyed warm or cold. Serve it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for a cozy, comforting dessert that’s perfect for chilly days. On a warm summer evening, enjoy it chilled with a dollop of whipped cream for a refreshing and light treat.

What You Need to Make This Simple Apple Strudel Recipe

  • Puff pastry: This pre-made dough is a flaky and buttery wonder, perfect for creating a light and crispy crust for your strudel. Puff pastry is made from layers of dough and butter that are repeatedly folded and chilled. When baked, the steam from the water trapped in the dough creates those flaky layers.
  • Apple pie filling: This convenient ingredient provides a delicious mixture of sweet apples and spices, saving you time and effort compared to chopping and seasoning your own apples.  Look for pie filling with a variety of apple chunks for the best texture in your strudel.
  • Vanilla extract: A small amount of vanilla extract adds a depth of flavor to the apple filling, complementing the warm spices and sweetness of the apples.
  • Allspice: This warm spice blend is commonly used in apple desserts. It typically contains cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, adding a touch of fall warmth to the strudel filling.
  • Walnuts: Chopped walnuts add crunch to the soft apples and flaky crust. Toasting the walnuts intensifies their nutty flavor, making them even more delicious.
  • Whipped cream cheese:  A layer of whipped cream cheese adds a creamy richness to the strudel.  This is a delicious variation on the traditional strudel recipe, and the tanginess of the cream cheese pairs beautifully with the sweetness of the apples.
  • Egg white: Brushing the strudel with egg white before baking helps it achieve a golden brown color and a glossy shine. The egg white acts as an egg wash, creating a beautiful finish for your pastry.
  • Powdered sugar: A dusting of powdered sugar adds a touch of sweetness and a decorative finish to your apple strudel.

How to Make This Puff Pastry Strudel

  • Heat oven to 425°F (220°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Roll out the puff pastry sheet to a long rectangle (about 12-14 inches wide).
  • Spread cream cheese in a line down the center of the pastry.
  • Mix apple filling (except ¼ cup) with vanilla and allspice.  Spoon this mixture over the cream cheese. Sprinkle half the walnuts on top.
  • Cut diagonal strips of dough from the edges of the pastry towards the filling. Fold the top and bottom of the pastry over the filling, then fold the sides over in a zig-zag pattern. Pinch to seal.
  • Brush with egg white and bake in the preheated oven for 25-27 minutes until golden brown. Let cool slightly.
  • Heat the remaining apple filling, mash, and spoon down the center of the strudel. Top with remaining walnuts.
  • Whisk milk and powdered sugar for a glaze and drizzle over the strudel.
  • Slice and serve!

Expert Recipe Tips


  • For the flakiest crust, ensure your puff pastry is thawed completely in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before rolling. 
  • Apple strudel can be enjoyed warm or at room temperature. For a warm treat, serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream.  For a lighter option, serve it chilled with a drizzle of caramel sauce or a dusting of powdered sugar.
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How to Store Leftovers & Reheat

Store leftover apple strudel with puff pastry in an airtight container for up to 3 days. To reheat, place the strudel in the microwave and reheat for 10-15 seconds. 

You can also freeze leftover apple strudel! Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and then place it in a freezer-safe container or bag. Frozen apple strudel will keep for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating using the oven method mentioned above.

This apple strudel with puff pastry recipe is the easiest way to enjoy the taste of fall any time of year. The flaky puff pastry crust pairs perfectly with the sweet and tart apple filling, and the creamy layer of whipped cream cheese adds a touch of richness. If you try this recipe, please rate the recipe card and leave a comment down below to help out the next reader! 

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Puff Pastry Austrian Apple Strudel

Puff Pastry Austrian Apple Strudel Recipe is a quick copycat recipe that can be made at home with under 10 ingredients!
4.67 from 9 votes
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Austrian
Author: Kita
40 minutes
Serves: 1 Strudel

Ingredients

  • 1 puff pastry
  • 1 can apple pie filling
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts - toasted and chopped
  • 8 tbsp whipped cream cheese
  • 1 egg white - beaten
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 2 to 3 tbsp milk

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • On a clean work surface, roll out the puff pastry with a rolling pin to create a long thin rectangle, about 12 to 14 inches on the long end. Transfer the pastry to the prepared baking sheet.
  • Spread the whipped cream cheese in a long rectangle 3” wide in the center of the pastry.
  • Mix all but ¼ cup of the apple pie filling in a bowl with the vanilla and allspice. Spoon over the cream cheese layer. Sprinkle ½ of the toasted walnuts over the pie filling.
  • In 1” segments, slice the puff pastry at an angle from the filling to the edges on the long sides.
  • Fold the top and bottom up over the edges of the filling and tuck the slices back and forth over one another, pinching gently.
  • Brush the pastry with the beaten egg white and bake for 25 to 27 minutes, until golden and fluffy. Some of the filling may have oozed out of the pockets, and that is ok. Allow to cool.
  • Meanwhile, heat the remaining ¼ apple pie filling in a small saucepan and mash.
  • Spoon the mashed apples out along the center of the pastry and top with the remaining chopped walnuts.
  • Finally, whisk the milk and powdered sugar together in a bowl to create a glaze.
  • Spoon the glaze, allowing it to drizzle over the strudel.
  • Slice and serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 96kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 41mg | Sugar: 8g

Nutritional informations provided as a courtesy and is only an approximatation. Values will changes based on ingredients used.

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Recipe FAQs

Absolutely! If you don’t want to buy pre-made puff pastry dough, you can make your own!

Yes! Here’s what you need to make an easy apple filing:

  • Fresh Apples: Around 3-4 medium apples (choose your favorite variety – tart apples like Granny Smith, sweet Pink Lady, or a mix!)
  • Sugar: About 1/3 cup granulated sugar (adjust to taste)
  • Lemon Juice: 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (helps prevent browning)
  • Spices: 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, a pinch of nutmeg (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Prep the Apples: Peel, core, and thinly slice the apples.
  2. Combine: In a large bowl, toss the apples with sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, and nutmeg (if using).
  3. Let Sit: The mixture will release some juices as it sits. Let it stand for about 10 minutes before using it.

Tips:

  • If you prefer a thicker filling, you can add a tablespoon of cornstarch to the dry ingredients and toss with the apples.
  • For a richer flavor, consider adding a tablespoon of melted butter to the filling mixture.
  • Feel free to experiment with other spices like allspice or cardamom for a unique twist.
Puff Pastry Austrian Apple Strudel | Kita Roberts PassTheSushi.com
Puff Pastry Austrian Apple Strudel Recipe is a quick copycat recipe that can be made at home with under 10 ingredients! | Kita Roberts PassTheSushi.com

10 Comments

  1. Oh man your description of eating it there makes me melt. I need to make this for sure! As for homemade puff pastry, I’ve only done it once and it was a decent result but the store bought stuff is still better than my skill level haha.

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